The week of July 3, 2016

Crime

A death on Usenet: Sharon Lopatka and the strange case of “consensual murder”

By Jeremy Lybarger

To her neighbors she seemed quiet and unassuming. Online, she asked to be tortured and killed.  

Features

How grassroots activists are forcing gun sales off Facebook

By Peter Rugg

The social network banned private gun sales in January, but a dedicated group of users says it’s fallen to them to enforce the rules.

The sad, strange murder case behind @BillComeans

By EJ Dickson

Bill Comeans was murdered 36 years ago, but he’s still tweeting from beyond the grave.

Opinion

Don’t blame viral videos of police brutality for America’s crime wave

By Gillian Branstetter

‘The Ferguson Effect’ is a myth.